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Citizen Chronicles

A program in Alberta, Canada, showcases the way that people with disabilities contribute actively to their communities.

 

Sporting a broad grin and a baseball cap, Jason strikes a superhero pose for the camera. It’s a pose that suits him. In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he lives in a group home for adults with developmental disabilities, Jason enjoys the admiration of both fellow citizens and police officers because of his crime-fighting efforts. A couple of years ago, he stopped a break-in attempt at a neighbor’s house. As a result, he earned the nickname Captain Community.

What motivates Jason to look...


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